Around the City: Boston Public Garden
Posted on: March 25, 2015

Photo Credit: David Paul Ohmer via Compfight cc
Photo Credit: David Paul Ohmer via Compfight cc

In our Around the City posts, we’ll explore both popular and lesser-known areas of the city sure to be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Enjoy!

A morning or afternoon stroll through the Boston Public Garden gives visitors the chance to reflect and relax in an environment that’s been inspiring residents, visitors and botanists for more than a century.

As the first public botanical garden in America, Boston Public Garden offers 24 acres of exotic and unusual plants set amongst strolling pathways and aquatic inlets. Visitors will enjoy interacting with the garden’s most famous residents — a pair of mute swans named Romeo and Juliet.

The garden’s Boston skyline backdrop gives its distinctive features — its enchanting Swan Boats, bronze George Washington statue and a handful of calming fountains — a sense of urban grounding.

The Public Garden was designed by George F. Meacham in 1837. With Boston Common, the Public Garden forms the northern portion of the city’s Emerald Necklace. The Victorian garden showcases a huge assortment of planting techniques that have been done in the Victorians’ trademark spirit.